[nfb-talk] Need Advice: Demonstrating Book Players to Youth

T. Joseph Carter carter.tjoseph at gmail.com
Thu Jun 10 04:52:40 UTC 2010


You definitely cannot go wrong with Harry Potter and the Twilight 
books.  A reading of The Lord of the Rings would be good if you could 
find it.  The best I've found is a somewhat abridged adaptation done 
by the BBC some time ago.  Unfortunately my copy of same is pretty 
lousy because it was recorded from the radio.  I had a much higher 
quality version that was streamed over the Internet years ago by the 
BBC, but I cannot find it just this moment.  I'll look for it on CD.

It was released on CD, and many libraries do have it.  I don't know 
about CCRLS libraries, but you may be able to get an inter-library 
loan if you look into it now.

What would be ideal is if you could borrow a few players and set it 
up so that the kids could try out the different players themselves, 
following along as you demonstrate how they work.


On Tue, Jun 08, 2010 at 01:07:46PM -0700, Tina Hansen wrote:
>This July, I am planning, in coordination with my state's blindness agency, to give a workshop to students in their summer work experience program, to demonstrate the various book players. I'm not sure how many students they'll have in my area, but I know that because there is no longer a State School for the Blind in Oregon, these young people need to know that these tools are out there.
>I'm interested in any advice anyone can give me on this topic. I'm especially interested in advice on these issues:
>1. What book or books are big with young people? I know that Harry Potter is a real favorite, so I'm not ruling that one out. I also know that they might be inspired by sports legends.
>2. Should I demonstrate everything these players can do? I'm thinking not, since I only have a half day workshop.
>3. Since these players can do Audible, I want to use something from that service, but am not sure what to use, given Audible's inconsistent markup.
>4. What overall format would seem good to young people. I know that they are always getting lectures, yet I also know that a lecture can convey a lot of information. Yet, I don't want to put them to sleep; I want them to be interested in what I have to say, but I don't want to resort to cheap or flashy gimmics as the only means to hold their interest.
>I have thought of several format ideas, namely, sports, late night talk show, and others, but I'm not sure how I can do that with limited funds. I also know that I want this to be made real to this crowd.
>Bottom line: If anyone out there has any ideas, or if you've given demos to students in high school or college, please e-mail me off list. Thanks.
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